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Cowboy Baked Beans

Baked cowboy beans are a perennial favorite at barbecues and potlucks. My meaty recipe uses a variety of beans and has a perfect smoky taste. —Joe Sherwood, Tryon, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 50-60 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 350 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 1232mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 8g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • WisconsinG
    Jun 18, 2020

    Wow! Made this for the 49th birthday celebration for our company. So flavorful and hearty. I didn’t change a thing! I’ll definitely make again!

  • Dawn
    Sep 5, 2019

    I made this recipe 8/26/2019 and reviewed 9/4/2019! I'd used an 18-oz. bottle of Stubbs BBQ Sauce and 5.4-oz. of cooked and crumbled bacon. Used a 10x14" greased baking dish. This is truly a 5* recipe!

  • Emiie
    Jul 17, 2017

    This is a great dish even though it takes a bit to prepare. I made it as a large side dish for a family gathering and it was received well.

  • suefalk
    Feb 20, 2017

    Hearty and yummy! A crowd pleaser. I would make this again, but cut the beef in half (just personal preference.) I like the beans more than the meat.